Brooklyn: Totally Toddler: Toddler Develoment Q & A with Mommybites 10/2/12

(Brooklyn) Totally Toddler — A Toddler Development Q and A   Chances are that if you have a toddler at home, you are dealing with one or several of the following: discipline issues potty training transitioning from a crib to a bed transitioning to being an older sibling getting up at night or taking forever Read More

By Myself!

  Check out my guest post orginally published on Lauren Jimeson’s blog, A Mommy In The City. It’s all about toddlers and their need for independence! By Myself! Coming in a close second after “mine!” on the list of most frequently used toddler phrases is “by myself!” It’s truly exciting when your baby starts exerting her Read More

I’m Sorry!

How many times in your life have you said “I’m sorry” to another person?  It’s natural that when the children in our lives do something that hurts, upset, or bothers another person, we encourage them to say “I’m sorry,” as well.  But what does “I’m sorry” really mean and does it teach children anything?  In Read More

Plan to Play: Tell A Story

Recently,  I wrote an article for a website about preparing young children with special needs for mainstream kindergarten.  Needless to say, this had me thinking about the skills I would hope all children entering kindergarten would have.  Before entering kindergarten, most 4-5 year olds should have the ability to speak in sentences, understand the sequence of story, Read More

Sippy or Straw Cup? And the Speech Therapist Says…

…Straw Cup! According to speech therapists, straw cups promote more mature oral motor development. Sippy cups encourage children to rest their tongues on the under side of the spout, which can cause what is called “tongue thrust.” Tongue thrust can lead to articulation issues. Straw cups on the other hand promote lip closure, tongue and Read More

NYC Imagination Library

Whenever I hear about a terrific opportunity for young children, I like to pass along the information.  There’s a wonderful new program in NYC that encourages a love of learning and books.  The NYC Imagination Library is an initiative of the NYC Dept. of Education. The goal is to promote the development of emergent literacy Read More

Plan to Play: The Animals on the Bus

  For most children, farm animals are a standard toy chest item.  Two of my favorites are Soft Touch Baby Farm Animals and Aurora My Barnyard Friends Carrier with Sounds.  For a barn and animal set, the Fisher Price Little People Animal Sounds Farm is a favorite!  The problem is, one can only play with Read More

My Favorite Things: Using Photographs with Children

All children love seeing themselves and the important people in their lives in photographs.  For babies, photo albums can be used to support language development, recognition of their loved ones and caregivers, and are a great transition object for day care.  Toddlers enjoy labeling all of the people and things they know.  For twos and threes, photographs help Read More

Guest Post: 5 Ways to Enrich Your Child’s Language Development (0-3 years old)

  1.  Read 2 to 3 books a day with a clear beginning and ending. Books can vary in length Be creative in your reading style (i.e., singing the words, playing with character voices, changing your speech). It is ok to skip pages based on your child’s attention span. Make books accessible throughout the day. Read More